The Little Epicurean

Apr 27 2017

Citrus Rum Punch

Citrus Rum Punch: a bright combination of four citrus juices mixed with two kinds of rums. Grab some friends and have a party!

Citrus Rum Punch

I just returned from a fun week in Seattle visiting my best friend! I had donuts almost every day. (That alone is an indicator of a great vacation!) I ate delicious pastas from Travolata, giant slices of pizza from Rocco’s, and stuffed myself with all the pastries and baked goods from Fresh Flours, Amandine Bakeshop, Le Panier, and Macrina just to name a few. Asides from all the eating, we saw thousands upon thousands of tulips at the nearby Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley.

While it was sunny and warm in Los Angeles, it was a bit chilly in Seattle. When it gets cold, I’m all about staying indoors plopped on the couch dressed in comfy sweats with a warm beverage in hand. That being said, I had no energy or motivation to explore the wine, bar, and cocktail scene of Seattle. (Except for this super cool speakeasy bar Bathtub Gin & Co.– which I totally loved and cannot wait to try their other drinks.) I hope to return in the summer when it’s warmer. That’s when I’ll bar hop all over the city (and try more donuts)!

Now that I’m back in Los Angeles and back to temperatures in the mid-80’s, I’m ready for a cocktail. With spring in full bloom, it’s time to dust off the patio furniture and bring the party outdoors.

Apr 25 2017

Mini Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Layer Cakes

Mini Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Layer Cakes

This post was created in partnership with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. All opinions are my own. Mini Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Layer Cakes: three layers of bourbon soaked chocolate cake, frosted with caramel buttercream, and topped with a Ghirardelli chocolate bourbon caramel square. I’m pretty sure you know this by now, but I really love making cakes. Cakes

Apr 21 2017

Orange Sorbet

Orange Sorbet

Orange Sorbet: this super easy three ingredient sorbet only requires fruit juice, water, and sugar.  It doesn’t get much easier than this. Three ingredients and an ice cream maker. Don’t fret if you don’t have an ice cream maker. This recipe can also be used to make granita. Growing up, I thought orange sorbet served in an

Apr 18 2017

Mini Bourbon Caramel Derby Pies

Mini Bourbon Caramel Derby Pies

This post was created in partnership with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. All opinions are my own.  Mini Bourbon Caramel Derby Pies: individual pies filled with bourbon caramel chocolate and toasted pecans and topped with bourbon whipped cream.  When I think about the Kentucky Derby, three things come to mind: 1.) big hats, 2.) that insane garland of

Apr 13 2017

Spicy Jalapeno Margarita

Spicy Jalapeno Margarita

Spicy Jalapeno Margarita: add a kick to the traditional margarita with a splash of jalapeño infused brown sugar simple syrup. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR! I used to chant that in college when tequila shots were relevant and Margarita Mondays were not to be missed. Nowadays, wheatgrass shots are the only shots I’m

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